Advocacy Blog

  • CompTIA Fly-In Attendees Get an Excellent Overview of 2017 Government Tech Priorities at Capitol Hill Speaker Series

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 17, 2017
    Wednesday morning began with the Capitol Hill morning speaker series featuring members of Congress and high-ranking officials from the executive branch. We received an informative overview of government priorities for the coming year around the tech agenda. The information shared allowed attendees to increase their knowledge of issues before hitting the halls of Congress for an afternoon of Fly-In meetings.
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  • Honoring CompTIA’s 2017 Tech Champions at Fly-In

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 17, 2017
    On February 14th, we honored our technology policy champions at the CompTIA Tech Champion Awards dinner at Fly-In. The Tech Champion Award is given to one member of the House of Representatives, one member of the Senate, and one executive from industry who has exemplified leadership in the technology sector and have championed policies that advance the country's information technology (IT) industry. This year’s CompTIA Tech Champions are New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Texas Representative Will Hurd, and North Carolina businessman Ron Culler the 2017 CompTIA Tech Champions.
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  • 2017 CompTIA Fly-In Tech Policy Summit: Cybersecurity Workforce, IoT and the 2017 Federal Tech Policy Agenda

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 17, 2017
    Following a working lunch, the CompTIA Tech Policy Summit got underway, which featured panel discussions on the cybersecurity workforce, Internet of Things (IoT), and a glimpse at the federal tech policy agenda for 2017.
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  • 2017 CompTIA DC Fly-In: Kicking it Off with a Working Lunch on How to Advance the Tech Workforce

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 17, 2017
    This week, CompTIA held its sixth annual 2017 CompTIA DC Fly-In. Joined by our Fly-In Partner, the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and some 20 different state tech councils, there were more than 140 technology executives and business owners representing 29 states who attended the two-day event on February 14 and 15.
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  • Trade Policy Impact Calculator for "What if" Scenarios

    by Stefanie Holland | Jan 30, 2017
    CompTIA member BPE Global developed a free calculator that allows you to take your company's import data and with the push of a button, get a fact-based data sheet that shows the impact of the President's proposed trade policies to your company.
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  • Olympia Lawmakers Return for 2017 Session

    by Kara Bush | Jan 17, 2017
    Washington State legislators will convene today in Olympia for the 2017 legislative session. The regular session is scheduled to run 105 days through April 23, however special session extensions are likely.
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  • Governor Brown Proposes 2017-18 State Budget

    by Kara Bush | Jan 17, 2017
    Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proposed a balanced state budget that eliminates a projected $2 billion deficit and bolsters the state’s Rainy Day Fund while continuing to invest in education, health care expansion and other core programs.
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  • Colorado Reconvenes for 2017 Legislative Session

    by Kara Bush | Jan 17, 2017
    Lawmakers gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the 71st General Assembly. Outgoing Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder) and Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) presided over the opening of session and then turned over their gavels to new leaders. The House of Representatives elected Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) as the new Speaker, a historic moment as she is the first Latina woman to hold the office. The Senate elected Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) as President of the 71st General Assembly.
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  • Distinguished Guests Join the PxB Annual Gathering

    by Elizabeth Hyman | Jan 09, 2017
    During a Policy Executive Board (PxB) dinner in December, we were honored to have Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, President and CEO of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), and Jeff Lambert from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) join us for a lively discussion on what the next several months may hold for tech policy and larger geopolitical considerations.
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  • CompTIA Policy Agenda Set for 2017

    by Elizabeth Hyman | Jan 09, 2017
    At the beginning of December, the CompTIA Policy Executive Board (PxB) met to review and finalize CompTIA’s 2017 policy priorities. This group is charged with ensuring all policy committees are aware of policy positions and initiatives, seek consensus for those positions, and provide guidance on the growth and direction of CompTIA advocacy activities.
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  • CompTIA Introduces Cyberseek to States

    by Alexi Madon | Dec 20, 2016
    CompTIA recently released Cyberseek, an interactive heat map that provides data on the supply and demand of cybersecurity employment throughout the nation. This tool allows policy makers to see the true impact of the educational pipeline and how the talent gap impacts their state or metro area today.
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  • What are the Top 25 Legislative Priorities for 2017 in Texas?

    by Sarah Matz | Dec 19, 2016
    Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released this month his top 25 legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Several of these priorities have a specific tech component and others will likely have a significant impact on the broader tenor of debate in the upcoming legislative session Texas. These priorities include:
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  • What is the Future of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Under a New Administration?

    by Jennifer Saha | Dec 19, 2016
    Coming off a surprising federal election in December, the Human Services Information Technology Advisory Group (HSITAG) heard from national association leaders about their predictions on the future of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under a new administration. While a lot is still unknown and much to be revealed in the New Year, the one thing that the group agreed on (and has been publicly stated) is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as we know it will go away – at least in part.
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  • Tech Leaders Strategize on How to Improve Civic Engagement

    by Jennifer Saha | Dec 16, 2016
    Sacramento State University recently hosted a series of events to examine what is possible when government and technology interface. CompTIA’s SLED Council is a big supporter of the Sac State Policy and Politics program and even sponsored a $5,000 scholarship for a graduate student in 2016.
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  • A New Congress, Administration and Tax Code?

    by Geoff Lane | Dec 07, 2016
    One of the great things about the American political system is the chance to hit the reset button. For better or worse, every two years a new Congress is sworn in. New members come to Washington with new ideas –some more sensible than others– but nevertheless, this biennial tradition brings with it renewed hope. That’s why we’re so excited for 2017 and the soon-to-be-sworn-in 115th Congress.
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  • Talking Politics: How the New Administration Will Shape Future Policy Decisions

    by Lana Sansur | Nov 16, 2016
    Immigration, the economy, security, health care, gender and race relations, and the Supreme Court all played a big part in the 2016 election. How will the incoming administration affect future policy decision and the IT industry?
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  • FAA Successes and Challenges: A Look into the UAV Market

    by Lana Sansur | Nov 16, 2016
    What does the new administration mean to the drone market? And how does the state play a role in UAVs? PrecisionHawk and AirMap executives provide insight into their experience with the FAA and the UAV market.
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  • How New Trends in Data Are Dramatically Changing the World As We Know It

    by Lana Sansur | Nov 16, 2016
    More data, cheaper data and new technical feasibilities are placing us at the cusp of a world where humans and machines are natural, seamless and meaningful extensions of one another – a world that has both incredible promise and incredible danger.
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  • CompTIA’s 2016 National State Government Affairs and State and Local Government and Education Meeting Addresses Open Data

    by Lana Sansur | Nov 16, 2016
    Each year, CompTIA advocacy members meet to network and hear from speakers on emerging federal and state policy and governance issues impacting the U.S. tech industry. CompTIA’s 2016 National State Government Affairs (SGA) and State and Local Government and Education (SLED) meeting was held November 15 to 16 in Nashville and offered a range of sessions.
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  • Restrictive Terms and Conditions on Tech Contracts in the State of Idaho Need to be Examined

    by Jennifer Saha | Nov 04, 2016
    Last week, I testified in front of the Idaho Legislature’s State Procurement Laws Committee on the need to modernize IT procurement. Idaho, like many states around the nation, has modeled IT procurements according to legislative direction but that direction is intentionally broad and allows considerable policy-setting flexibility to the procurement oversight agency within the state. The state agency and administrators set the standard terms and conditions that dictate which companies will bid on contracts and thus, influence the technologies implemented within the state.
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